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Wounded Bald Eagle expected to heal

By Times Staff Writer
Published March 1, 2008


EAST LAKE 

His wounds may tell the tale: He picked a fight and lost. The mangled right eye apparently still has sight. The bruised wing will eventually heal. Barb Walker, who regularly watches a pair of bald eagles nesting in the Grey Oaks subdivision, suspects the male eagle found injured Thursday may have lost patience with a rowdy group of subadult bald eagles seen near the nest. So he attacked them. Walker said the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary hospital manager confirmed the injuries appear to be from another eagle. The fighter will be taken to Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland for more treatment.

ST. PETERSBURG

Woman's death in fire appears to be suicide

Authorities have identified the woman who died in a house fire on Feb. 23 as Patricia McMin, a 58-year-old woman with a history of mental illness.

Authorities have said it appeared McMin's death in her home at 1137 55th Ave. N was a suicide.

They found gas cans and petroleum inside the home, and said the doors were padlocked from the inside.

BROOKSVILLE

Rep. Brown-Waite's husband has cancer

U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite on Friday said she was absent from Congress this week to be with her husband, Harvey, who has been diagnosed with cancer.

Brown-Waite was the target of a protest by about 75 people angry over her characterization of Puerto Ricans as "foreign citizens."

She said she plans on returning to Washington once she knows more about her husband's prognosis.